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Podrick showed us his singing abilities in the latest episode and it was one of the most beautiful moments of Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2, ‘A Knight of The Seven Kingdoms‘.

A host of unlikely characters have gathered before the fireplace in the Great Hall of Winterfell to spend, as they fear, the last night of their lives. Tyrion Lannister requests a song, and Podrick Payne responds with a haunting melody – “High in the halls of the kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts.” An emotional montage of several characters accompanies the song, each one of them preparing themselves for the coming battle.

This is Jenny’s Song, from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire on which Game of Thrones is based. In the books, it has a special significance on multiple levels and is thought to be connected with the Targaryen dynasty, the Azor Ahai prophecy, and particularly, the fate of Jon Snow AKA Aegon Targaryen and Daenerys Targaryen.

The showrunners seem to be pointing towards the last bit as well, as the song is immediately followed by the scene where Jon reveals his true ancestry to Daenerys. It also plays during the end credit of the episode, though that version is performed by Florence+The Machine. Evidently, the showrunners consider this song significant and want it to appear so as well. Why is that?

To understand this we have to delve deep into Targaryen family history, and a few textual references from here and there. Read on!

In the book A Storm of Swords, we find only the first two lines of Jenny’s Song, but the showrunners added some additional lyrics.

High in the halls of the kings who are gone
Jenny would dance with her ghosts. 
The ones she had lost and the ones she had found. 
And the ones who had loved her the most.
The ones who’d been gone for so very long
She couldn’t remember their names
They spun her around on the damp, cold stone
Spun away her sorrow and pain
And she never wanted to leave.

There are several levels of textual references at play here.

Giving up a throne

The Jenny mentioned here is widely accepted as Jenny Oldstone, a lowborn maid who got married to a crown prince, Duncan Targaryen. Duncan was the uncle of Aerys II, Daenerys’s father and Jon’s grandfather. Duncan gave up his claim to the throne to marry Jenny, as his family did not approve of her. That is why Aerys II could become king, as his father Jaehaerys II went on to become the king despite not being the eldest child.

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Jenny and Duncan’s story fits snugly with the situation Jon and Daenerys are in right now. Dany is claiming the throne, but Jon is the better claimant. Does this foreshadow that either Dany or Jon will give up their own claim to the throne for love?

Also, the “High hall” where Jenny is dancing “with the ghosts” is Summerhall, a Targaryen palace which was partly destroyed in a fire. Jenny’s husband Duncan died in that fire, who can be one of the “ghosts” Jenny is dancing with. A Dance of Dragons reveals that Rhaegar Targaryen was born in Summerhall during this tragedy, and was “haunted by its shadow” for the rest of his life.

Azor Ahai

Jenny brought a “Woods Witch” with her as a companion when she came to King’s Landing after her marriage to Duncan. This is the witch who prophecised that Azor Ahai, or the Prince/Princess Who was Promised, would come of Aerys II and Rhaella Targaryen’s line. Duncan forced Aerys and Rhaella to marry against their wishes for this very reason. Their firstborn Rhaegar was thought to be Azor Ahai for a long time.

Does Podrick's Song in Season 8 Episode 2 Foreshadow Jon-Dany's Fate?

Rhaegar was not Azor Ahai. But as his sister and son, both Daenerys and Jon have the chance of being the prophecised warrior who will end the Long Night.

What it all means

The show places this song right before Daenerys learns the truth about Jon. Within minutes, the Army of the Dead reaches the perimeter of Winterfell. The song speaks of ghosts trapped in a castle and evokes the prophecy that tied the Targaryens to Azor Ahai. The show has diverged a lot from the book series at this point, but Azor Ahai has always been an important theme. The song definitely connects to it in some way.

Is the identity of Azor Ahai finally going be revealed soon, then? Is it Dany or Jon? Is the Long Night here to stay? Or it’s going to be a very different sort of “Dawn” as this theory suggests? The answer may lie in the next couple of episodes.

What do you think Jenny’s Song signifies in the show? Tell us in the comments!






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It’s great that they expanded on “Jenny’s Song” as this is also the song that Rhaegar played on his harp & sang a fair bit, it was one of his favourite songs. He loved going to the remains of Summerhall, his birthplace that burned down the day he was born & play that. Would be great to get more flashbacks of Rhaegar & the Targaryens, there’s hardly ever a mention of Queen Rhaella; and Rhaegar is, in a way,the reason for all the events since season 1 & before & Robert’s Rebellion.

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this is naaaaaaiiiiiiiceeeeee

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I believe that there lies answers in the crypt of Winterfell, and the Godswood where Bran has chosen to wait for the Night King…the hot springs that lie beneath the Godswood are also significant…in the Book if Ice and Fire there is a reference in regards to Dragons.

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This song from episode 2 sounds very ominous to me, not regarding to Dany but Arya. COnsidering every Stark is burried in the cripts and that Arya was the one having “dance” lessons in season 1/first book and her having a “good scene” in previous episode and in the season trailer she is very frightened running through the halls of Winterfell.. Literally having a Ned Stark moment here, her being the last person I want dead (my fav character).: “High in the halls of the kings who are gone Jenny would dance with her ghosts. The ones she had lost… Read more »

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Does Melisandre’s ‘Green Eyes’ prophecy predict Arya killing Daenerys?

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“You will shut many eyes forever – brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes.” So said Melisandre of Asshai when she met Arya Stark for the first time. This prophecy has played out since then, with both ‘brown eyes’ (Walder Frey) and ‘blue eyes’ (Night King) succumbing to Arya’s blade. Fans have long predicted the green eyes to signify Queen Cersei. But the equation changed with Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 ‘The Bells’ when another pair of green eyes became very important – Queen Daenerys Targaryen.

In an unfathomably shocking act of madness, Daenerys Targaryen torched thousands of innocent King’s Landing civilians in Game of Thrones’ penultimate episode, and as such established herself as the most devastating villain of the series ever.

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Before Dany’s Mad Queen twist, Cersei was being regarded as the ‘Mad Queen’, mainly for blowing the Sept of Baelor with Wildfire in Season 6, but also for her general ruthlessness and murderous ways. The Lannister Lioness’ green eyes are quite famous and have been referenced multiple times in the books and the show.

Now, Cersei has been on Arya’s kill list since Season 2 and she even came to King’s Landing with the purpose of killing her. Melisandre’s prophecy in Season 3 also included green eyes, so many fans thought Arya will fulfil this target next. That expectation was strengthened when Arya left Winterfell on ‘unfinished business’ in episode 4.

But Sandor Clegane turned Arya back from that path and she went on to survive the burning of the city by just an inch. With Cersei now dead and Arya witnessing Daenerys’ carnage first-hand, it is all too possible that the significance of ‘green eyes’ has changed for Arya.

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Interestingly, Daenerys’ eyes were not even supposed to be green. In the books, they are purple, and in keeping with the unusual physiological traits of Valyrian Dragonlords from whom Daenerys is descended. But Emilia Clarke, the actor who plays Daenerys in the show, has green eyes. Although she wore purple contacts in the unaired pilot of Game of Thrones, that idea was discarded in the main show and Clarke stuck to her natural eye colour.

If the show follows the books in terms of major plot points (and Daenerys’ death should be a major plot point) then the Arya-killing-Daenerys-because-of-prophecy scenario is unlikely, because book Daenerys does not even have green eyes. But the show has introduced many plot twists – so this is not totally implausible either.

What do you think of this theory? Will Arya fulfil the ‘green eyes’ prophecy by killing Daenerys or some completely different end awaits the ‘Queen of Ashes’? Tell us in the comments!






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Here’s what Arya Stark and her white horse could mean for Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5 “The Bells” had a lot going for it. So many happenings and so many deaths in just one episode, but it ended with a scene that baffled quite a lot of users. We saw Arya make her way through the destruction in King’s Landing, and find a white horse, whom she rides out of the city. Here’s what it could mean for the show, and the series finale.

White Horses have been used as a symbol in storytelling for a long time now, for both good and bad things. However, fans are speculating that this particular bit might be pointing towards a Bible verse that talks about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The passage says:

“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”

Here's what Arya Stark and her white horse could mean for Game of Thrones

Arya and death have danced for a long time in the show, and it seems like the show is hinting that Arya will have a final battle with death in the series finale. We saw who brought death in “The Bells” — Daenerys Targaryen, and it feels like could be the second bit of foreshadowing that Arya could be responsible for Daenerys’ death, after the ‘green eyes’ clue.

It also connects to both Arya and Daenerys, as Ned Stark used to ride a white horse, and so did Daenerys, at the beginning of the show. Maybe it’s things coming together for Arya and Daenerys, both of whose fathers were murdered in King’s Landing.

Either that, our we will get our expectations subverted again. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!

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We might finally get to see Cleganebowl in the next Game Of Thrones episode

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Fans have been waiting for the Clegane brothers to clash for so many seasons now that it would be heartbreaking if they passed that up completely. But fret not fandom. There are several hints that Cleganebowl is well and truly coming, and might actually happen Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 5. Read on!

The last time we have seen Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane and Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane come face to face was the Season 7 finale. Hound did not miss the opportunity to remind Mountain that the fight is still on. The Mountain didn’t respond except glowering menacingly but then he hasn’t been very talkative for some time, has he? But that scene was the first time the makers openly acknowledged and gave credence to what up till then have just been theories.

Hints galore in episode 4

The first three episodes of Season 8 had been preoccupied with the Dead. But Sandor Clegane is right back on track with episode 4. He says “there is only one thing that will make me happy” when Sansa talks to him, which is a clear indication to facing his brother. The next time we see the Hound he is striking out alone on a horse. Arya catches up with him and they share some good old warm and fuzzy insults.

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Arya and Sandor leave together for King’s Landing

Sandor then again says, “I have unfinished business in King’s Landing.” He is not interested in the war; he would have left with Jon Snow’s army then. So why is he going to King’s Landing? Obviously, to face his no. 1 nemesis and elder brother Gregor.

It’s even by supported narrative logic. The Mountain protects Cersei, and it would be necessary to eliminate him before anyone gets to her. Now Arya is obviously going to King’s Landing, and both Cersei and Mountain are on her List. It makes sense for Arya and Hound to team up again to execute their revenge.

What is Cleganebowl theory?

The Cleganebowl theory goes back beyond the show, it started with the book series fans. Sandor and Gregor’s enmity begun back into their childhood, Gregor would bully his little brother endlessly and once pressed his face onto a hot brazier over a small fight about a toy.

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Sandor and Gregor Clegane fight in Game of Thrones Season 1

The fire burned away one whole side of Sandor’s face, made him a complete cynic, and gave him a deep-seated fear of fire that made him defect from the Battle of Blackwater and would have done the same in Battle of Winterfell except for Arya and Beric. Hound has repeatedly said that he considers killing the Mountain to be his destiny. It was the one thing that kept him standing through all injuries and hardships. He is not the cold-hearted cynic he once was, but the hate still burns.

Right from Season 1, we are told that Sandor has vowed to kill his brother one day and by Season 7 it has almost become a destiny. Even the actors Rory McCann (Hound) and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Mountain) have been hyping about it off-screen. As Game of Thrones completes its journey in just two more episodes, Cleganebowl seems imminent.






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